Indian Cricket League, 2007-08 November 25, 2007

Lara disappointed with boards' ICL reaction

Cricinfo staff

Brian Lara will lead the Mumbai Champs in the ICL © Getty Images

The speculation regarding Brian Lara's participation in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) has ended after he arrived in India. Lara, who was named captain of the Mumbai team in the ICL, expressed his disappointment at the national boards' decision to ban players who have signed up for the unofficial tournament.

"The reaction from the established cricket bodies was on expected lines but still I was disappointed," Lara said. "The intentions are quite honourable and I hope down the line people will understand what this league is all about and accept it."

Lara said he was excited about strapping on the pads again. "I am looking forward to playing in the league," he said. "I would love to play alongside the young players from India who may not have had the opportunity to play with me and other international players."

Besides 30 high-profile international players, the ICL will have local players drawn from across India. Lara said the Twenty20 format of the game was fun and had expectedly caught on with fans around the world.

"I don't generally watch cricket on television but was glued to the TV when India took on Pakistan in the World Twenty20 final.

"It's a very exciting game and is fun. It has given the authorities a chance to take the game to places not familiar with cricket."